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coleopteran

[ koh-lee-op-ter-uhn, kol-ee- ]

adjective

  1. belonging or pertaining to the order Coleoptera.


noun

  1. a beetle.

coleopteran

/ ˌkɒlɪˈɒptərən /

noun

  1. any of the insects of the cosmopolitan order Coleoptera, in which the forewings are modified to form shell-like protective elytra. The order includes the beetles and weevils


adjective

  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the order Coleoptera

coleopteran

/ kō′lē-ŏptər-ən,kŏl′ē- /

  1. Any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by forewings modified to form tough protective covers for the membranous hind wings. Coleopterans include the beetles, weevils, and fireflies.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of coleopteran1

First recorded in 1840–50; Coleopter(a) + -an

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Word History and Origins

Origin of coleopteran1

C18: from New Latin Coleoptera, from Greek koleoptera, from koleopteros sheath-winged, from koleon sheath + pteron wing

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Example Sentences

Frontal ridge: in Coleopteran; a sharp ridge on the dorsal margin of the eye, extending forward.

Grub: an insect larva: a term loosely applied, but more specifically to larvae of Coleopteran and Hymenoptera.

Humeralis: Coleopteran; when the elytral has an angulated projecting margin at base.

Heteromera: Coleopteran in which the anterior and middle tarsi are 5- jointed and the posterior are 4-jointed.

Intercoxal process: in Coleopteran; a median protrusion of the basal segment of abdomen between the hind coxae.

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